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Jan. 15, 2015
Metropolitan TV Sdn Bhd
Primeworks Studios Sdn Bhd
Nippon Television Network Corporation
Sumitomo Corporation

Malaysia and Japan Joint Production “Welcome To The Railworld Japan” To Air on January 15th

Metropolitan TV Sdn. Bhd (hereunder, “8TV”) and Primeworks Studios Sdn. Bhd (hereunder, “Primeworks Studios”), both companies in Malaysia’s media group, Media Prima Berhad (hereunder, Media Prima), Nippon Television Network Corporation (hereunder, “Nippon TV”), and Sumitomo Corporation announce that the jointly produced railway travel television program, “Welcome To The Railworld Japan,” will begin broadcasting in Malaysia from January 15, 2015.

Program Details
-Title : Welcome To The Railworld Japan
-Broadcasting channel : 8TV (Malaysia)
-Broadcasting dates
 
: starting January 15, 2015 at 9:30PM
(Every Thursday, 9:30-10:00PM 10 episodes)
-Content
 
: To introduce tourist destinations, food and culture of
9 regions throughout Japan (Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu, Okinawa regions) and Tokyo while traveling by train.

“Welcome To The Railworld Japan,” which filmed for over 50 days, will be the Japanese version of the hit Malaysian TV series, “Welcome To The Railworld”, produced by Primeworks Studios in 2010. The host, Henry Golding, will travel throughout the country from Hokkaido to Okinawa, and he will introduce the food and culture that he saw, heard, and felt along the way at each destination to the Malaysian viewers. The theme of the program is “travel by railway,” and Henry will invite viewers to join him on the safe, punctual, comfortable, and exciting railroads, from local trains to the “Shinkansen” bullet train, for which Japan is known throughout the world.

Don’t forget to visit the 8TV’s social media platforms and program’s website:
 
These will have various features to complement the TV broadcast. In addition to special footage not aired on TV, detailed information about a specific destination, chosen to coincide with that day’s program, will be updated each Thursday. A sweepstakes is planned for viewers as well, providing various ways to encourage people to watch the program. We are hoping to introduce the charm of Japan to numerous viewers in Malaysia.

About 8TV
8TV is an interactive platform for audiences united by a common desire for authenticity and self-expression. It is a hot-bed of creativity featuring original, local and international entertainment wrapped in interactivity. 8TV began operations on January 8th 2004 and transmits free to the entire West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia and Kuantan on the UHF band. 8TV also transmits nationwide via Astro Channel 708. It has chalked up impressive achievements within only its first year of operations, successfully producing the highly-rated Malaysian Idol™ series and also winning several Asian-level industry awards for creative excellence. Since its inception, 8TV has achieved tremendous milestones in the broadcasting industry, including winning many international and local creative awards such as the Phoenix Awards, Promax/BDA Awards, Anugerah Skrin, Anugerah Sri Angkasa, Golden Awards, The Chicago International Television Awards and many others.
 
2013 has been an outstanding year for the station, with records that have been set and some broken, boastful viewership ratings and other great achievements, including reigning victorious at the 2013 Chicago International Television Awards as 8TV’s very own in house production, Hip-Hoppin' Asia bagged the Silver Plaque in the Travel Series category.

8TV is available on Channel 708. You can catch your favourite shows as Catch Up on http://www.tonton.com.my or follow us via our social media platforms:
Facebook : (Urban – 8TV | Chinese – badukongjian)
Twitter : @8tv
Youtube : http://www.youtube.com/8tvaddicts
Instagram : (Urban – @8tv | Chinese - @8tvchinese)
Hashtag us at #8tv and follow our latest daily updates

About Primeworks Studios
Primeworks Studios Sdn Bhd is the award-winning content creation subsidiary of Media Prima Berhad and one of Asia’s largest production company. Producing TV content since 1984 and feature films since 1994, it generates an average of over 5,000 hours of TV content annually including entertainment, magazine, documentary, drama and sports programmes. Primeworks Studios’ business activities encompass content creation as well as content distribution and marketing. Flagship and popular shows include Anugerah Juara Lagu, Majalah 3, Nona, Welcome to the Rail World, Best in the World, Hip-Hoppin’ Asia, Jalan Jalan Cari Makan, Mentor, Melodi and Jejak Rasul.

About Nippon Television Network Corporation
Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV) is Japan’s number one rated broadcaster, having won the Triple Crown title for the entire year of 2014 by topping the charts in the All Day, Prime Time, and Golden Time categories. Since becoming Japan’s first commercial broadcaster in August 1953, Nippon TV has come to be known as the country’s finest producer and broadcaster of all genres of programs ranging from news, documentaries, sports, dramas, entertainment shows to animation. One of the biggest successes for Nippon TV is its format “Dragons’ Den”. To date, the format has been sold in 27 countries. Nippon TV also has a wide variety of group companies that deal with movies, animation, events, TV shopping, and merchandising.

About Sumitomo Corporation
Sumitomo Corporation operates in a wide range of businesses at 24 bases in Japan and 115 overseas bases by leveraging our integrated corporate strengths. In fields such as media, IT, retail, lifestyle-related, and construction & real estate, we have been developing businesses providing consumer-oriented products and services globally. In Media Division, our main businesses are Cable TV, Broadcasting and Cinema.

Inquiries

Corporate Communications Department,
Sumitomo Corporation

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